What Are the Ingredients in Whitewash?

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What Are the Ingredients in Whitewash?
Wooden fences are often painted with whitewash. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Whitewash has been around for centuries. It was used to paint before paint was easily accessible and for sale in most hardware stores. Whitewash is still used today. It can be made at home using a few ingredients and the used to paint fences and walls. Whitewash is particularly well-suited for use on rough surfaces.


Whitewash contains salt. If you are making homemade whitewash all you need is common table salt purchased from a grocery store.


An ingredient in whitewash, lime can be found at hardware stores. Lime helps the whitewash set when painted. Lime also helps protect brick when whitewash is painted onto brick.


Whiting is what makes the whitewash white. Whiting is essentially chalk that is added to whitewash. Chalk is an inexpensive ingredient in all whitewash.


Water is an essential ingredient in whitewash recipes. Water acts as a base for the recipe and makes the whitewash fluid so that it can be adhered to surfaces using a paint brush, sponge or paint roller.


Some whitewash contains molasses. The molasses acts as a thickener for whitewash recipes that result in thin whitewash. Molasses also helps the whitewash adhere to a surface better.

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